After a 2:41 minute rain/hail delay, the Blue Jays vs Rockies game was finally able to begin. And during a night when you would think the moisture and lateness of the starting time would slow the offense down, it appeared to only bring more. The final score was 14-9 in a game that favored the Blue Jays. It was the first time that the away team has won a game when these two teams play. The Rockies were previously 7-0 at home while Toronto was 9-0 at home.
The ball has been flying out of Coors during this recent home stand with at least 13 runs being scored in every game so far. The lowest scoring game was a 7-6 loss against Arizona that came on the first day of the home stand. Tuesday night brought with it more of the same with 23 runs being scored and 32 hits coming from the two teams.
The first two innings Toronto was shut down by Eddie Butler, but as many of his starts have gone, he fell apart the second time through the lineup. Starting in the third inning with Toronto down 1-0, Butler allowed the first run of the night on a Devon Travis single. He limited the damage to that run, but was at a very high pitch count early.
The Rockies got back at the Blue Jays in the bottom half of the inning regaining the lead. With two men on, Carlos Gonzalez hit his third home run in as many games and gave the Rockies a 4-1 lead. It was Cargo’s third home run that drove in three or more runs (grand slam, three run homer, three run homer) in the last three games and all three home runs either gave the Rockies the lead or put them within a run. It was the start of a great night for Gonzalez who finished with 4 hits and 5 RBIs.
The fourth inning went downhill quickly for the Rockies as they allowed 6 runs to the Blue Jays. Three singles, two errors, a home run, and a triple caused the damage and the Rockies went from being ahead by three to down by three. Toronto would continue to pile on runs the rest of the night scoring at least one run in every inning after the second.
The Rockies did some damage of their own over the course of the game, but a sloppy game on defense, some injuries to players, and a lack of limiting damage got to the Rockies and earned them a loss.
Not having DJ LeMahieu certainly hurt them a little bit and losing Trevor Story who re-aggravated his injured finger in the seventh were both reasons the Rockies had to go to an unorthodox lineup late. Having Wolters at shortstop, Raburn at first, and Reynolds at second is certainly not something the Rockies want to do often and it is lucky this game was not close or the lack of depth would be something to be angry about.
This game wasn’t close primarily because of another bad start by Eddie Butler. Butler is very much in jeopardy of losing his rotation spot and deservedly so with how poorly he has been pitching. With a few players coming off of the DL soon, some moves will be made and the rotation will be shaken up.
The series finale comes during an afternoon game on Wednesday with Tyler Anderson on the mound facing Aaron Sanchez. Anderson has been great and a blessing to this Rockies rotation during his rookie year and he will look to keep that up while hopefully earning his first major league win on Wednesday. A win gives the Rockies a winning home stand and that is something they need if they want to compete.